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Positional IDP Rankings: Week 7

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One benefit of closely following these rankings is seeing where defenses struggle. The reality here is that if a team is having problems against the run, typically they’ll have more players in front of the defense. Poor rush defenses, such as the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions have at least half their defensive line listed.

Poor pass defenses, such as the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals have multiple players listed at defensive backs.

For a position like linebackers, it’s typically just great defensive playmakers. These guys are involved because they are always around the ball, making tackles.

Take last week’s leading scorers. Pittsburgh’s Lawrence Timmons had 11 total tackles and 2 sacks. The game before that, he had 15 total tackles. E.J. Henderson had nine total tackles, 2 picks and 2 passes defended. He’s also had a safety and forced fumble earlier in the year.

Washington’s LaRon Landry and London Fletcher have a combined 123 total tackles between them. Granted, the Redskins poor defensive play has kept them on the field far too long and for too many plays, but these guys are really getting after it every week. The Redskins have five players amongst the 50 leading tacklers in the whole NFL. No other team has more than three. That’s incredible.

LINEBACKERS DEFENSIVE BACKS DEFENSIVE LINEMAN
1. Lawrence Timmons, PIT 1. Pat Chung, NE 1. Justin Tuck, NYG
2. James Anderson, CAR 2. LaRon Landry, WAS 2. Trent Cole, PHI
3. Jerod Mayo, NE 3. DeAngelo Hall, WAS 3. Rob Ninkovich, NE
4. Paris Lenon, ARI 4. Kerry Rhodes, ARI 4. Haloti Ngata, BAL
5. James Harrison, PIT 5. Greg Toler, ARI 5. Osi Umenyiora, NYG
6. London Fletcher, WAS 6. Charles Woodson, GB 6. James Hall,STL
7. Chad Greenway, MIN 7. Michael Griffin, TEN 7. Jason Babin, TEN
8. Stephen Tulloch, TEN 8. Charles Godfrey, CAR 8. Dwan Edwards, BUF
9. D.J. Williams, DEN 9. Jason Allen, MIA 9. Kyle Williams, BUF
10. Brian Urlacher, CHI 10. T.J. Ward, CLE 10. Corey Williams, DET
11. E.J. Henderson, MIN 11. Terrell Thomas, NYG 11. Ndamukong Suh, DET
12. Jon Beason, CAR 12. Brandon Flowers, KC 12. Julius Peppers, CHI
13. Derrick Johnson, KC 13. Quintin Mikell, PHI 13. Chris Kelsay, BUF
14. Curtis Lofton, ATL 14. Ronde Barber, TB 14. Barry Cofield, NYG
15. A.J. Hawk, GB 15. Charles Tillman, CHI 15. Tamba Hali, KC
16. Dan Connor, CAR 16. Yeremiah Bell, MIA 16. Richard Seymour, OAK
17. Kevin Burnett, SD 17. Donte Whitner, BUF 17. Ahtyba Rubin, CLE
18. Ray Lewis, BAL 18. Carlos Rogers, WAS 18. Chris Clemons, SEA
19. Shaun Phillips, SD 19. Lawyer Milloy, SEA 19. Dave Ball, TEN
20. DeMarcus Ware, DAL 20. Bryant McFadden, PIT 20. Kendall Langford, MIA
21. Patrick Willis, SF 21. Antoine Winfield, MIN 21. Fred Robbins, STL
22. Dhani Jones, CIN Zac Diles, HOU 22. Chris Crocker, CIN 22. Matt Shaughnessy, OAK
23. Bradie James, DAL 23. Roman Harper, NO 23. Colin Cole, SEA
24. Rocky McIntosh, WAS 24. Alterraun Verner, TEN 24. Darnell Dockett, ARI
25. Lance Briggs, CHI 25. Earl Thomas, SEA 25. Derek Landri, CAR

Written By Matt De Lima

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